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My “Cloud” Is Bigger Than Yours: Vaping Contests Light Up

My “Cloud” Is Bigger Than Yours: Vaping Contests Light Up

Posted on July 10th, 2015

In generations past, it was the cool kid in the crowd (mostly not the jocks, but part of the fringe group) who could garner attention by being able to blow the biggest and longest-lasting smoke rings from cigarettes. Never mind that smoking wasn’t legal for teens. Fueled, in part, by teenage rebellion and a desire to stand out, smoking was considered a rite of passage for American youth.

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Commonly Abused Drugs on the 4th of July

Commonly Abused Drugs on the 4th of July

Posted on June 29th, 2015

It’s a sad fact of life that the celebration of America’s independence is a day — make that a weekend — that is also synonymous with out-of-control drinking, drugging, and associated violence, overdose and deaths. Young or old, age makes no difference when it comes to people losing their senses and partying much too hard.

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With Steady Practice, Biofeedback Immensely Helpful to PTSD Victims

With Steady Practice, Biofeedback Immensely Helpful to PTSD Victims

Posted on June 24th, 2015

A new study has revealed that heart variability (HRV) biofeedback can improve symptoms of PTSD in people suffering from this disorder. Previous studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of this particular type of biofeedback, and its ability to help individuals struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder could represent a giant step forward in the fight against this life-altering condition.

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Chill Out, Dads! 3 Stress-Busting Tips to Keep Happiness, Health in Check

Chill Out, Dads! 3 Stress-Busting Tips to Keep Happiness, Health in Check

Posted on June 16th, 2015

Today’s dads often try to fill the role of “super dad.” You may feel like your life is on overload because you have seemingly never-ending demands at both work and home. There are times when you may find that you are working extremely hard to provide for your family, then you shift gears and strive to fulfill your obligations at home. You have more to do than you can handle between time spent at work and with your kids, doing chores around the house and in the yard, and taking care of the cars. It’s hard to even know what your priorities ought to be.

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Overdose Antidote Naloxone Now Available in California Without a Prescription

Overdose Antidote Naloxone Now Available in California Without a Prescription

Posted on June 14th, 2015

Naloxone, known as the overdose antidote, is a drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose and is now available in California without a prescription. The hope is that the expanded access to the drug will save more lives in the state. Thousands of opioid drug abusers and addicts die every year in California from overdoses. Most of the deaths are related to prescription painkillers, but heroin is also a culprit.

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Old-Fashioned Treatment for Addiction in Seniors

Old-Fashioned Treatment for Addiction in Seniors

Posted on June 6th, 2015

Imagine that you suspect your 70-year-old mother has a drinking problem. She’s fallen repeatedly and doesn’t go out much, not even to church. Neighbors say a bottle of liquor is delivered most nights, but you’re not nearby to be able to confirm it. Wouldn’t it be nice to have her doctor make a house call?

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Compulsive Social Media Use May Be Linked With Substance Abuse

Compulsive Social Media Use May Be Linked With Substance Abuse

Posted on June 6th, 2015

Online social networking can be addictive and may also be linked with other addictions and impulse control disorders, according to a new study from the University of Albany. The Albany research team, led by psychologist Julia Hormes, found that individuals who met the criteria for disordered social network use were also more likely to report problems with alcohol use.

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Outdoor portrait of a sad teenage girl looking thoughtful about troubles

Teens Fail to Grasp Serious Risks of Stimulant Abuse

Posted on June 2nd, 2015

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and the stimulant drugs used to treat it are increasingly ubiquitous. Adderall, Ritalin and similar medications are in high demand as ADHD diagnoses have skyrocketed in recent years, but not all of these prescriptions are being used for their intended purposes. Prescription stimulants have also become a popular drug for teenagers to abuse.

The most recent results of the Monitoring the Future study—an annual study of teen substance use habits—found that approximately 6.8 percent of teens have abused Adderall, while approximately 1.8 percent have abused Ritalin.

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